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From: Tony Williams
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Also, the family horror stream deals with problematic relationships whereby
tensions become manifested in supernatural motifs. See, for example, THE
EXORCIST, THE OMEN, IT'S ALIVE, THE NIGHT WALK (a.k.a. DEAD OF NIGHT), and
Robin Wood's essays on the subject.
 Contrary to Carol Clover and other recent critics, family horror did not
die out or diminish during the 80s and 90s. It really took on a new form as
any viewing of examples from FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET show.
What about THE STEPFATHER films or other neglected items such as FLOWERS IN THE
ATTIC?
  The family is one of the key ideological bonds affecting relationships
so it is natural that many diverse films deal with this.
                            Tony Williams
 
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